Jiva or Living Entity: Respecting All Living Entities


                                                                  Q. In the loving association of devotees, I am very slowly developing an "unmotivated" love for the wonderful devotees. But somehow I am also simultaneously realizing, that there is a lot of impersonal attitude towards others who are not devotees of Krishna.

                                                                  Q. It is said that animals should not be allowed in the temple. Do they not have souls? By going in the temple will they not get the blessings of Krishna? What really makes us different from them? How come we don't stop meat-eaters from coming into the temple?

                                                                  Q. When describing discrimination, you wrote to me 'A devotee is recommended to cultivate loving service feelings for the Supreme Lord and the Spiritual Master; to cultivate friendly relationship with other like-minded devotees; to cultivate compassion towards innocent and unfortunate persons; and to avoid and neglect those who are critical and envious. (Please study Nectar of Instruction Text 4-5) This is the essence of discrimination.